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The Cheapest SSL Extended Validation (EV) Certificates

Updated May 08, 2014

I have evaluated over 80 different SSL certificate services from 15 different certificate authorities (CA). I wrote another article Cheapest SSL Certificates. but when I updated it this year, none of the EV certificates made the list.

Extended Validation or EV certificates is a certificate that verifies both your domain and your company. It s the highest level of certification you can get for a website. It s very important for sites like banks and any others dealing with a lot of money or securities. When a site has an EV certificate, the URL will be displayed with a green box and your company name right in the browser.

Below, I ve listed the ten cheapest CAs that offer EV service.

All prices are based on their prices for 1 year of service, paid annually. Many CAs will offer discounts (sometimes very significant ones) for multi-year purchases. I evaluated all the certificates on the following criteria:

  • Speed to issue
  • Provide a seal
  • Wildcard SLL support
  • Warranty
  • Refund policy

These certificates all offer 99% or higher browser support as well as a secured by seal.

This article was last updated May 8, 2014.

Reseller: Comodo EV SSL

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Cheapest EV Certificate

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. This is a great way to get an EV certificate. More

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Reseller: Comodo EV SGC SSL

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Good for Sites That Support Older Browsers

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. This certificate includes SGC technology to help support browsers that only allow for lower encryption levels. More

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Reseller: Thawte SSL Web Server with EV

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Cheap Way to Get a Thawte EV Certificate

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. If you want a Thawte certificate, this is a good choice. More

Reseller: GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Cheap Way to Get GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. If you want a GeoTrust certificate, this is a good choice. More

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StartSSL Extended Validation

StartCom. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Limited Use

This certificate doesn t have an extremely high warranty and there isn t a lot of information on the website about the issuance time or any refunds. Also, when I checked out the site, my browser (Chrome) did not recognize their authority, so you might have trouble with other browsers. More

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Reseller: GeoTrust True BusinessID Multi-Domain with EV

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Good If You Need Several Domains Verified

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. This is a good certificate if you need an EV SSL certificate for more than one domain on your network. More

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Reseller: Comodo EV Multi-Domain SSL

Namecheap. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Get Comodo, EV, and Multiple Domains

Namecheap is a reseller of SSL certificates. As such, you get a much cheaper price than from the originator of the certificates, but some people don t like purchasing through a reseller. With this certificate you can verify up to 100 domains on the same certificate. More

Protect All Subdomains

GoDaddy. Screen shot by J Kyrnin

My Recommendation – Add On to GoDaddy Services

If you already have a GoDaddy hosting or DNS account, then adding SSL with them is easy. They offer a very low warranty, but if you want to keep all your things in one place, GoDaddy offers many services. They also reduced their warranty at a time when other CAs are increasing warranties. More

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Extended Validation

My Recommendation – Very Fast Issuance

I have trouble believing that they can issue an EV certificate as fast as they say, but their site states with DigiCert’s validation specialists working nearly 24/7, we can typically issue an extended validation SSL Certificate within a few hours. If you need an EV certificate quickly, this is a good choice. More

True BusinessID with EV

My Recommendation – High Warranty Outside a Reseller

While NameCheap offers resold options of Comodo products with a higher warranty, this is the highest warranty purchased directly from a certificate authority. So if you want the GeoTrust name and business as well as a high warranty, this is a good choice. More

If you need an SSL certificate, but don’t need extended validation, you should check out my related list of the 20 cheapest SSL certificates and whether you should use them.


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